• Sallyann Rodriguez

2020 in a nutshell

It's 2021 and spring is coming which for some reason is making me think of this time last year.

Covid. First total Lockdown. Anxiety. Helplessness. And a million other emotions...

We are still in this very same storm but definitely not in the same boat and hopefully the waves are getting smaller...

Like many others, I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, battling with financial worries but euphoric about having time at home with the family and being able to cook and do the things I love. But a rollercoaster is not a good place to live and spending one's time cooking can sometimes be detrimental to your health.

Anxiety, worry and too much time locked in with little contact from the outside world took their toll and for the second time that year I was told I would need surgery. And for the second time I took my health into my own hands and decide I wouldn't need surgery. As it turns out, I was right and my health issues sorted themselves out.

In the summer we went back to work and life started taking on a semblance of before-all-this normality. Activity, eating out, classes in school, people and all those little things that we all missed....and then disaster struck. My team at work was quarantined and a week later I discovered I also had covid. Enter the rollercoaster....money...work...fatigue....stress...anxiety...and all of this before Christmas.

Needless to say, with the help of my family, everything turned out fine in the end. Not like a fairytale but just fine. We are all healthy and the rollercoaster has been replaced by the gentle merry-go-round of life and its daily ups and downs.

2020 taught me the importance of finding inner calm and facing up to fears. I created a routine which helps me to deal with anxiety and I learnt how to stop beating myself up over things I just didn't want to do.

It's March 2021, we are still in lockdown but I have taken the bull by the horns and got back into a sensible but satisfying exercise routine which has lifted my spirits more than I can express. I have found balance again and am dealing with my anxiety and fear head on.

And that is what I wanted to share with you. Never underestimate the power of the body and the mind. With just a little help they are capable of anything and that is a wonderful thought !

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